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12 Surprising Ways to Beat Diabetes

Find out how cutting fat, finding a roommate, and catering to a caffeine habit can slash your risk for type 2 diabetes

Take Down Diabetes

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Newsflash: It doesn’t take an intense sweet tooth to develop type 2 diabetes, and cutting back on cookies and candy isn’t necessarily enough to keep you disease-free. “High blood sugar is not the cause of diabetes; it’s a sign that you have diabetes,” explains Neal Barnard, MD, an associate professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and author of Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes. Sugar builds up in the blood when your body stops processing it correctly. And some surprising factors, like your work schedule, sleeping patterns, and even the type of shampoo you buy, could be to blame. Read on to discover some surprising ways to reduce your risk for developing a disease that can lead to kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, and stroke. (Related: See which Hollywood A-listers battle with the disease in Surprising Celebrities With Diabetes.)